Mango to fly for SAA

2010-10-07 00:00

SOUTH African Airways will withdraw from the coastal route between Durban and Cape Town next month to make way for its subsidiary, Mango.

In a joint statement, the companies said a code-share agreement they signed recently will enable SAA to withdraw from the Durban-Cape Town route from November 1, but it will still serve the market with SAA customers flying on Mango aircraft.

Said SAA chief executive officer Siza Mzimela,“The opportunity to code-share with SAA’s low-cost subsidiary Mango will ensure the continued presence of SAA and Mango on the coastal route.

“SAA’s value proposition on this route remains intact with the only variation being the use of Mango’s aircraft.”

Mango presently operates four daily flights between Durban and Cape Town each way.

The airline said it will not increase the number of flights between Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport unless demand forces it to.

SAA passengers will receive a meal voucher when travelling on the code-share flight and receive a meal and drink on board.

But the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry is sceptical about the decision.

T.C. Chetty, the chamber’s interim CEO, said there had not been sufficient consultation with consumers and that they would suffer greatly as a result of the new arrangement.

“We are certainly concerned with the decision; this restricts choice from a consumer perspective,” he said.

He voiced concern for businesspeople who might want flexibility, which he does not believe Mango can provide.

He said the limited flights will also hurt tourism in Durban, which has flourished over the years.

“This is a great setback not only for business, but also for people in general, and not only for Durban but for Cape Town as well,” Chetty said.

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